Professor of Graphic Design Kenneth FitzGerald was a visiting artist for the Graphic Design program in the Art Department at Central Michigan University, November 12–13, 2013. On the evening of November 12, FitzGerald gave a talk called “Singing the Surface,” and followed the next day with a presentation of his “Graphic Equalizer,” after the essay in his 2010 book Volume.
Professor of Graphic Design Kenneth FitzGerald has been named to the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee for a three-year term. The DEC’s mission is to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice, design theory and design writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, while supporting the fundamental mission of AIGA.
Assistant Professor of Photography Greta Pratt is showing work from her series The Azalea Trail Maids and Liberty Wavers as part of the group exhibition Art Meets Life at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, NY. The exhibition runs July 14 – August 16, 2013, with an opening reception July 14. In addition, her photograph Log Cabin RV, Hodgenville, Kentucky, 2000 appears in Oxford American‘s summer fiction issue.
Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Vittorio Colaizzi has curated the exhibition Making and Meaning in the Changing Gallery at ODU’s Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries. The exhibitionis a selection of paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from Europe and America from the 19th to the 21st centuries that explores how the presence or absence of traces of the hand contribute to the communication of meaning. Whether their primary feature is the manner in which the materials are put together, or the significance of pictured figures and objects, the artworks on display are intuitively arranged with no didactic intention.Familiar themes such as beauty, loss, exaltation, and humor, apprehended through a variety of personal and cultural lenses, will hopefully incite the viewer to find and invent connections across time and space.
Making and Meaning features renowned and lesser-known artists as well as some atypical works by familiar names. Artists include Sally Mann, Alexander Rodchenko, Vija Celmins, Thomas Cole, and Larry Clark. There are four general concepts that appear on text panels throughout the exhibition, but they do not divide the gallery into four distinct sections. Myth and Sentiment; Cuts and Layers; Vernacular Abstraction, and Figural Distortions recur between and among the artworks, and the viewer is free to decide where, how, and if they apply.
Dr. Colaizzi writes, “I am very grateful to the Chrysler Museum for providing the opportunity to mine their collection and to present these somewhat unusual groupings. In addition to the stated themes of the show, my real goal was to find beautiful and curious work and assemble it in thought-provoking ways. We are very fortunate to have such a collection on hand and I look forward to seeing these works and others in the future.”
The exhibition runs until August 11, 2013.
The Art Department is pleased to announce the recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2013 academic year. The awards are determined by the faculty of the Art Department during an annual competition. Recipients will be honored during the annual Art Department reception prior to commencement, Friday, May 10, 3:00 pm in the Baron and Ellin Gordon galleries. Congratulations to all the selectees!
Barbara M. Gorlinsky Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship
Harvey Ronald Saunders Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Charles K. Sibley Fine Arts and Art History Scholarship
Angie Van Dyke
Lorraine and Dr. H. William Fink Art Scholarship in honor of Ken Daley
Robert McCullough Prize for Graphic Design
The faculty and graduating students in the graphic design concentration invite everyone to the 2013 Graphic Design Exit Review, on Friday, May 3, 7:00–9:00 pm. The event is an open house in VAB 116 and 211 where visitors may view the final portfolios of the graduating class of graphic design students. (Graphics by James Harris.)